Leah Remini took home the Emmy for Outstanding Informational Series for her A&E docu-series “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” over the weekend, and the actress was brought to tears by the emotional win.
SPY caught up with Remini backstage at the Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday after her emotional speech where she and her “Scientology and the Aftermath” co-presenter Mike Rinder opened up on what the win meant for them.
“We’re very grateful and emotional,” Remini said, wiping away tears as she smiled.
“[We’re] appreciative of everybody that has supported this show and all the people that were willing to stand up and speak,” added Rinder who, like Remini, is also a former member of Scientology who left the church and has frequently spoken out against it.
During her acceptance speech, Remini got emotional as she dedicated the win to the “brave contributors who [worked on the series] despite ongoing risk and repercussions.”
“It’s not an easy job, but they were the ones putting their stories out there for everyone to hear. And we are honored to be the vessel to tell these stories,” she explained. “It’s about doing the right thing. This doesn’t belong to me, it belongs to our contributors.”
When SPY’s Rep on the red carpet spoke with Remini and Rinder, the pair echoed those sentiments, sharing, “For our contributors it’s amazing [to be nominated]. They are here tonight with us as our guests and we couldn’t be more honored to be their voice. To be able for them to tell their stories through us is a humbling experience.”
“It’s really wonderful for people who have had no voice to now be given a voice by Leah and this show, and to have the world experience what they experienced is very important,” Rinder added. “We hope that by doing that, it’s going to prevent the suffering that some of these people have been through from other people having to experience the same thing.”
In “Scientology and the Aftermath,” Remini, Rinder and other former members of the church share the experiences that lead to them leaving. The show investigates the alleged clandestine activities of the church and their practices. The Church of Scientology has roundly denied the claims made in the series and have publicly questioned the credibility of the show’s contributors.
The series premiere of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath pulled in a whopping 2.1 million viewers for A&E. Of those 2.1 million, 1.1 million were in the valuable 25 – 54 demographic and 913,000 were in the 18 – 49 demographic. The numbers mean that the first episode of the show is A&E’s most-viewed new series premiere in more than two years, as well as one of the top unscripted cable premieres in 2016 to date. The debut even did well on social media, ranking as the top trending series on Twitter in the 10 p.m. hour that night.
The numbers mean that the first episode of the show is A&E’s most-viewed new series premiere in more than two years, as well as one of the top unscripted cable premieres in 2016 to date. The debut even did well on social media, ranking as the top trending series on Twitter in the 10 p.m. hour that night.
For the series’ upcoming second season, Remini told the media that she plans to take a more “activist” role in a fight to expose what she calls the “abusive practices of Scientology,” including “sexual abuse and physical abuse.“
In doing so, she hopes to provide enough evidence of wrongdoing to prompt a federal investigation into the religion.
“I’m talking about the FBI, the police, the Department of Justice, the IRS,” Remini said. “If the FBI ever wanted to get anywhere, all they would need to do is do a raid. Everybody who’s ever gone to Scientology has folders, and anything you’ve ever said is contained in those folders.“
Remini went on to explain to the outlet how various forms of alleged abuse are “foundational” to “Dianetics,” the 1950 book by L. Ron Hubbard that established the religion’s core principles.
She says the religion believes that “a 7-year-old girl should not shudder at being passionately kissed,” and that the parents of a molested child are not allowed to go to the police. According to Remini, the victims of molestation are punished and forced to “do some kind of amends” for abuse perpetrated on them.
The media reported that during her keynote address at the National Association of Television Program Executives in Miami on Tuesday, A+E Networks President and CEO Nancy Dubuc said that Scientology has been harassing her on social media.
“My personal Twitter is all anti-Leah,” Dubuc said. “My friends think it’s wild.”
It’s so overwhelming, Dubuc suspects the church could be paying for negative social-media posts about the show.
For Dubuc and the cable channel, the show’s giant ratings and Emmy win make the harassment worth it. ($ Ka ching)
The second season of “Scientology and the Aftermath” kicked off on Aug. 15, and new episodes air Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on A&E.
‘Leah Remini seems to be making a career out of attacking Scientology, and frankly the Church (CULT) would just like her to get on with her life and find something else to do,’ said Monique E. Yingling, a lawyer for Scientolgy, in a rare interview.
The Church is also claiming that Remini’s new show ‘Scientology and the Aftermath’, which speaks to former members of the religion and details the alleged abuses practiced by the Church, is inciting violence against members
That show, which has featured former Scientologists who claim they were forced to get abortions and physically beaten by high-ranking Church staff, has also reportedly led to death threats being made against leader David Miscavige.
‘When people espouse these kinds of lies about an organization like the Church of Scientology is stirs up a lot of religious hatred and bigotry and that results in people believing they somehow have to act it out,’ said Yingling,
A modern day hero is someone who fights for a good cause and positive makes a difference in the world. There are so many things that can be improved about our great world and if you stand up to be the person who can lead the way or at least help lead the way. Leah Remini is not only a modern day hero but a super hero. She is the closest thing we have to a real life Wonder Woman.
For decades, actress Leah Remini – best known as the female lead on the hit TV series King of Queens — was one of Scientology’s most diehard celebrity members, along with fellow actors Jenna Elfman, Giovanni Ribisi, Kirstie Alley, John Travolta and, of course, Tom Cruise. She appeared in promotional videos and at events designed to recruit new followers, dazzling them with stories of how Scientology was not only responsible for her success in Hollywood, but offered the only solution to curing the planet of its many ills.
Then, in 2013, after 34 years of devotion, the final straw came when her daughter Sofia, 9, approached the age when auditing – a process that involves a series of probing questions – became required for acclimation into the church.
“In my house, it’s family first – but I was spending most of my time at the church,” she says. “So, I was saying ‘family first,’ but I wasn’t showing that. I didn’t like the message that sent my daughter.”
Remini, 43, says she tried to speak to her friends within the church to instigate change, but “they only cared that their lives would be disrupted if they stood with me. They didn’t care about doing the right thing.” The actress admits she grew up “resenting” her own mother for spending so much time at the church instead of at home. “We went from a middle-class lifestyle [in Brooklyn] to living in a roach-infested motel with six other girls off a freeway in Clearwater,” Remini recalls of her family’s transition to the church’s Florida compound during her childhood. However, Remini insists she and her mom are now closer than ever.
“My whole life I was a very dedicated Scientologist. I didn’t want to find out what I’d done was a lie,”
Remini broke one of Scientologist biggest unwritten commandments. Thou shall not read or discover any negative information about Scientology true or manufactured. The so called church of Scientology does not want enlightened disciples they want wealthy sheep ready for the eventual slaughter. The scaled began to be lifted at the wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.
Remini was severely reprimanded after questioning the whereabouts of Shelly Miscavige
In 2006, while attending the lavish Italian wedding of fellow Scientologist Tom Cruise to Katie Holmes, Remini inquired about the whereabouts of Shelly Miscavige, the wife of Scientology’s current leader David Miscavige (who took over following Hubbard’s death in 1986). The fact that Shelly – herself a high-ranking member of the Church’s spiritual clergy, the Sea Org – was not in attendance at “the wedding of the century” struck Remini as “weird.” But this innocent question was seen as a major infraction against the Church’s hierarchy, where the “pecking order” puts even famous parishioners like Remini below that of Sea Org members. Thus, Remini did not have the “right” to ask about the whereabouts of the Church leader’s wife.
Not one to be bullied, Remini began to ask more deliberate and probing questions, further angering the top brass. Her queries were proof, they said, that the actor had committed “crimes” against the Scientology, and she was subjected to – and billed for! – interrogations on the e-meter, the organization’s lie detector-esque device that purports to uncover spiritual transgressions. Remini broke yet another Scientology rule and sought them out on the Internet. Countless news articles and blog posts later, her belief in Scientology was shattered. Unfortunately for the Church, she has refused to go quietly into the night.
Members are encouraged to lie to parents, loved ones about signing “billion-year” contracts
Amy Scobee, a former member who led Scientology’s recruiting efforts and established the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, began working for the Church at just 14. When she was 16, officials went behind her parents’ back and convinced her to join the Sea Org, which required quitting high school and working for Scientology full-time. Scobee’s mother Bonnie, herself a Scientologist, was not informed of her daughter’s billion-year pledge until the last minute, and begrudgingly signed the parental consent form required for underage members.
Scobee also told Remini that she was instructed to lie to her father, who was not a member and would not approve, telling him she was leaving home to work as a model. When he found out, he was incensed, but it was too late. He did not have a relationship with Scobee until she finally left the Church in 2005. Scobee is just one of many people to join the Sea Org as children. Though the Church downplays and even outright denies recruiting children to join the Sea Org, Scobee’s story is one of many, some of which are recounted on the website Ex-Scientology Kids.
Ex-Sea Org members who have devoted years, even decades, to working for the Church leave with very little to show for it. While their bare necessities are provided for, they also make well below a living wage; paying the Church back for any Scientology services incurred during their membership is a consequence of breaking their billion-year contract. As a result, many leave the Sea Org without a bank account, let alone any money, and only the Church on their resume.
Scientology’s “Pope” Is The Law, The Judge And the Executioner
In 1987, following the death of Hubbard, and no Hubbard did not expand to a higher plain of conscience but died of heart disease, Miscavige was officially named the head of the Snake at the Church of Scientology, known by the title “Chairman of the Board.” Tom Cruise, Scientology’s most famous puppet member, considers Miscavige his BFF. Rumor has it that Miscavige is actually the biological father of Seri. The Chairman was the star’s best man at his wedding to Holmes minis his wife. He’s essentially Scientology’s version of the Anti-Pope, rarely seen but always revered or feared. But to Sea Org members Miscavige, is a brutal tyrant who, uses physical abuse to dominate and humiliate everyone beneath him and after all isn’t everyone beneath him in the cult.
“He’ a very angry man,” Scobee says. “If you said something that didn’t please him he would go off on you. If you were a man, he’d likely hit you, knock you down, choke you … I witnessed that on at least a dozen occasions.” “I was rationalizing,” Scobee continued. “My mind would immediately justify why this crap was okay. Then I had a blinding realization. I realized that what I was doing was rationalizing inanities.”
Remini, for her part, understands why Scobee stayed silent about the abuses she witnessed while working with Miscavige. “Can you imagine if someone said the Pope hit somebody? C’mon! That’s insanity!” Remini says. “Whats should she do? Write a report that David Miscavige is beating people? To who?! There’s no one above him. Now what?”
Remini finally left the Church of Scientology and became the religion’s most famous defector – and its most outspoken critic courtesy of Troublemaker, her informative 2015 memoir about her time as a member. Considering the level of personal and spiritual conditioning and damage her book failed to provide her with closure. Leah learned about the experiences of other ex-members, including former high-ranking officials, our Wonder Woman found herself unable to walk away with a clear conscience.
She is back to her original goal of saving the planet, one damaged Scientologist at a time.
What is so damn commendable is the shier fact Remini takes responsibility for her promoting propaganda and vehemently defending the organization against criticism. Remini does not pass the buck as she hosted and produced an eight-part Emmy winning documentary series (Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath) about the controversial so called manufactured religion. She began documenting these stories hoping to use her star power to expose the abuses of what the show calls a “multi-billion dollar church, corporation, empire and cult.”
The show broke down Scientology’s allure, ably explaining the manipulative and abusive tactics used to indoctrinate followers into prioritizing the Church’s supposed goals over anything else. Here are five things we learned from last night’s premiere episode.
The Cult responded with a statement, “As we said before, desperate for attention with an acting career stuck in a nearly decade-long tailspin, Leah Remini needs to move on with her life. Instead, she seeks publicity by maliciously spreading lies about the Church using the same handful of bitter zealots who were kicked out years ago for chronic dishonesty and corruption and whose false claims the Church refuted years ago, including through judicial decisions.”
“I don’t look at this as something I should acknowledge myself for,” an emotional Remini — now a first-time Winner as an executive producer.
“I’m honored that I’m able to be a conduit for these brave people and to tell their stories… Hollywood has embraced the contributors and the content of the show for what it is. [People] are not falling for what Scientology is selling anymore.”
“They were brave enough to come on Aftermath knowing there were repercussions for their actions. This is why I created the show. The reason people come on our series is for no other reason but to tell their stories of how destructive cults like Scientology are.”
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A&E Network’s breakout and Emmy® award-winning limited series “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” returns for a second season featuring 10 brand-new, hour-long episodes that will further explore accounts of former Scientology members whose lives have been significantly impacted by the Church’s practices. The series, winner of the 2017 Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series or Special, is produced for A&E Network by The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC). “
“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” is produced for A&E Network by The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC). Leah Remini serves as executive producer for her No Seriously Productions. Executive producers for IPC are Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman. Myles Reiff serves as showrunner and executive producer. Executive producers for A&E Network are Devon Hammonds, Amy Savitsky and Elaine Frontain Bryant. A+E Networks.
The Entire team here at SPY are like proud parents. Leah got our vote and it would seem those of our collages. “BIG TIME CONGRATS”